BangaloreBeat Vol. 1, Issue 269 n Saturday n May 14, 2011
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Evening daily Court defers order on Kani bail P4
Obama was on Osamaʼs
Washington: US President Barack Obama was apparently on the hit-list of Osama bin Laden, the huge cache of material obtained from the slain al-Qaeda chief’s Abbottabad hideout suggested. There are references to the US President in the impounded files, although there is no direct mention of Obama in these materials that have been scanned so far by a CIA-led inter-agency Task Force, CBS News reported. According to a US intelligence official, bin Laden wanted to kill Obama as part of a plot to disrupt the 2012 presidential elections. Bin Laden was killed by the US Navy SEALs on May 2 at a house in Pakistan’s garrison town of Abbottabad. PTI
Speaker must quit over decision on rebels: Cong Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: The Congress today made a strong appeal to governor H R Bhardwaj to sack the Yeddyurappa government in view of the adverse judgment from the Supreme Court on the disqualification of 16 rebel BJP and independent MLAs yesterday. Addressing a joint press conference at the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee office in the city, party state president G Parameshwara and opposition leader in the assembly Siddramaiah said Speaker K G Bopaiah has sullied the dignity of the office, and danced to the tunes of chief minister B S Yeddyurappa before disqualifying the MLAs. Full report on page 3
Two‑day Red Rice Mela kick starts Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: A two-day mela of indigenous varieties of rice (kempakki) was kick started today. The mela will be held at Gandhi Bhavan. The country was known to have more than two lakh varieties of indigenous rice, but now only 30,000 varieties are left. The government should take these facts into consideration before thinking of the next green revolution. These red rice varieties are grown using organic fertilisers and these varieties does not eat into the fertility of the soil. Full report on page 4
The mountain of the dew
Here, you can touch the clouds every day of the year and feel the wind blast rock you off your feet. And for those who love wildlife it is a great treat. Wondering which is this magical place? Then pack your bags and head to Himavad Gopalaswamy Hills. Page 5
BAG 16 MLAS BSY sends his men to talk to rebels, offers ministerial berths, board posts
Bangalore: The battle lines have been drawn. The ruling BJP and opposition parties have started strategic moves to draw the 11 rebel BJP and five independent MLAs into their folds. Pushed to the corner, chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, who faces the spectre of his government going out of power, has asked his trusted lieutenants to talk to the rebels and to get them back to the government. His ministers Govind Karajol, Renukacharya and Umesh Katti and MP Prabhakar Kore have dashed off to Delhi to pacify the 16 MLAs, who were part of the Yeddyurappa government earlier. According to the patch-up formula being offered, of the 11 BJP rebels, ministerial berths would be offered to three, while the others would get chiefs’ posts in prominent boards and corporations. The independents too have been given the option of joining the government and they would be suitably compensated, sources within the BJP told Bangalore Beat. The other option before Yeddyurappa is to revive the Operation Lotus that had been put on hold for a while. The three legislators who are likely to be approached are Amaresh from Mulbagal (Cong), Amaregowda Byrapura of the Congress form the Kushtagi constituency and Subash Guttedar, JD(S) MLA from
Gulbarga. The talks had been going on for a while now. With the very survival of the government reaching a critical stage, they would be roped in
when the push comes to shove. But state Congress president G Parameshwara denied that his party legislators had shown any interest in switching parties. “We have already spoken to them and they have denied that there are talks with the BJP. We will take counter measures to stop the BJP from taking away our legislators.” Yeddyurappa may also ask Speaker K G Bopaiah to play another hand if the situation becomes critical. Bopaiah would have to disqualify at least 15 opposition party MLAs who have been indicted by a house committee headed by Appachu Ranjan. JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy too is in New Delhi to talk to the rebels to dethrone the government and to stay united. He told a news channel, “It is not true to say that I was behind their moves to get out of the government. They were going through mental trauma. I only encouraged them to reduce their stress and to keep them at peace. I am sure that the BJP will again indulge in Operation Lotus to fortify its numbers. That party would have also taken measures to get them back to the party. It is up to them to decide which way they would go. We will not influence them.” About the emergency session that is beginning Monday, he said, “It is unconstitutional and should be given notice seven days prior to the session.”
No clue on 12‑yr‑old boy; search
continues for second day Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: Search operation continued today to trace 12-year-old H Arvind, who was washed away in Vrushbavati storm water drain adjacent to Karnataka Vidyuth Karkane on Bangalore-Mysore road last evening. Teams from the BBMP and fire brigade scoured the length and breadth of the drain to fish out the body. The search operation that was called off after sunset yesterday was resumed early this morning. “Four teams have taken up the search operation. Till now we have not received any clues. Among the four teams, one is palike rescue team, one is fire service and two are volunteers,” said Hampinagar corporator Chandrashekar. On the reasons behind not taking up precautionary measures, he said, “We had taken up fencing on the storm water drain and had also constructed a 5-foot wall to stop people from falling into the drain. As the commissioner had ordered desilting works
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in the drain, we had cut the fencing. But the boy who was searching for the ball jumped over the wall and then fell into the drain. As there was a heavy flow due to last evening’s rain, he was washed away. People should be careful and not let their children near these storm water drains.” Arvind was a resident of Venkatesh Nagar slum. The incident took place when he was playing with his friends yesterday afternoon near the drain. He was washed away when he attempted to pick the ball which had fallen into the storm water drain. Over the last one year, five children, including Arvind, have been carried away in storm water drain. This is the second such incident in the heavy pre-monsoon showers the city has been witnessing over the last one month. On April 23, a 14-yearold boy Manikanta was carried away by the storm water drain as he too went in search of a cricket ball when the incident occurred.
Have not got letter, says guv
New Delhi: “I have not received any letter from chief minister B S Yeddyurappa on holding the emergency session,” said governor H R Bhardwaj here this morning. The cabinet took a decision to call for an emergency session after an emergency meeting yesterday. The cabinet wanted the session to commence on Monday, law and parliamentary affairs minister Suresh Kumar announced yeserday. “I will look at the letter sent by the chief minister when I return to Bangalore. I will look into the matter then,” he said.
“I have not stood in the way of the session. Let the file reach me and then I will look into the matter,” he said. On speaking about the Supreme Court’s decision which went in favour of 16 disqualified MLAs he said, “The Supreme Court gave the judgment yesterday around 2.30 pm and I was waiting for an official copy. I received it only in the evening and I have to go through it in detail.” The governor met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh this morning and spoke to him about the illegal mining issue.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
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Fluidic in middle segment L Raghunanda Bangalore Beat Bureau
Bangalore: The new version of Verna from the stables of Hyundai, Fluidic, was unveiled in the city on Thursday. Priced between Rs 7.07 lakh and Rs 9.77 lakh, the car has been placed in the middle segment. The car has already made waves in the automotive circles for its aesthetics, and is being dubbed “Fluidic Sculpture”. The car boasts of futuristic design with sports coupe like profile. The New Fluidic Verna displays the next generation character lines. On the front, Fluidic Verna displays the next generation hexagonal grille, eagle-eye headlamps with wide air dam and distinctive ‘L’ shaped fog lamps that enhances the overall look of the car. The car has been released in six colours and some of the top colours in the category previously used by Hyundai like sleek silver, carbon grey, stone beige, phantom black, crystal white and purple fantasia have been retained. Arvind Saxena, director, marketing, Hyundai, said, “Six years of research has gone into product development at Hyundai, giving importance to quality. Our priority has been end user and his satisfaction. “The car has been a hit among customers in Hyundai’s home country South Korea, and in the neighbouring China and Russia. It will be launched in the US shortly now that its release in India is over.” Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) has raised the capacity of production from tree to six lakh units and has a presence in 115 countries across Europe, Africa, West Asia, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Hyundai has a good network of 322 dealer network, and 663 service points across the country, he said. Gagan Khoda, deputy general manager, product planning, Hyundai, said, “The multi-million dollar research centre in Hyderabad has been researching to provide cutting-edge global technology to customers all over the world.”
kgm at 1900-2750 rpm of peak torque. The 1.6 litre versions of both petrol and diesel engine are mated to 4-speed automatic transmission, while manual transmission is available with all four engine options.
which adds to unparalleled safety while driving and three clutch-lock system which adds to the safety of the car when parked.
Fuel efficiency The officials said that Hyundai cars are known for fuel efficiency, whether it is A2 segment under which comes Santro, i10 and i20, A3 segment under which comes Accent, Verna, or A4 segment under which comes Sonata Transform and SUV Santa Fe. The Fluidic 1.4-litre petrol version boasts of 17.43 kmpl, while the diesel equivalent gives 23.5 kmpl, making it the most fuel-efficient car in the segment, they added.
While some of features are common among its class of cars, clean air clusters and ionizer have been included, so that fresh air is maintained for travellers inside. Leather upholstery has been part of all seats with ample leg space available both for traveller in front and back. Rear-seat traveller has armrest an adjustable head rest, which has been included for the front-seat traveller too.
Unique features Some features you see among Hyundai category of cars and SUVs have also been included in Fluidic Verna. It is fitted with first-in-its-class anti-braking system (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) which distributes the brake power equally to all the wheels helping the driver on a wet and slippery road. It is fitted with rear parking camera and also reverse parking sensors ensuring safe and easy parking of the car. Hands-free Bluetooth, plus steering-mounted audio controls, helps driver controlling the audio without a hassle. Drivers can also receive and make phone calls using the Bluetooth technology. The car provides all round protection and has six airbags, of which two curtain airbags run along the length of the cabin, two side airbags, two for driver and front passenger. The other features include automatic unlocking of the door on collision, facilitating a quick exit of the occupants, speedsensing auto door lock prevents accidental opening of the door while moving
Pricing The petrol variant VTVT 1.4 litre Petrol has been priced ex-showroom in Bangalore price at Rs 7.08 lakh, VTVT 1.6 litre petrol priced at Rs 7.74 lakh, VTVT SX petrol priced at Rs 8.35 lakh, SX (O) Options petrol priced at Rs 9.06 lakh and AT petrol has been priced at Rs 9.77 lakh. The diesel variant CRDi 1.4 litre is priced at Rs 8.19 lakhs, CRDi 1.6 litre priced at Rs 8.86 lakh, CRDi SX priced at Rs 9.46 lakh and CRDI SX (O) Options priced at Rs 10.17 lakh.
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Fluidic Verna comes in both petrol and diesel variants with the petrol 1.4-litre VTVT delivering 107PS at 6300 rpm of maximum power and 13.8 kgm at 5000rpm of peak torque and the petrol 1.6 litre VTVT engine delivering 123PS at 6300rpm maximum power and 15.8 at 4200 rpm peak torque. The diesel variant comes with common rail direct fuel injection (CRDi) 1.4 litre with 90PS at 4000 rpm maximum power and 22.43 kgm at 1750-2750 rpm of peak torque, and diesel 1.6 litre VGT CRDi comes with range topping 128 at 4,000 rpm max power and 26.5
Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: The science of understanding cloud formation in the sky is very important. A science magazine has said clouds appear to be a big and bad player in global warming and they play a huge role in climate change, said chairman of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research Roddam Narashimha at Bangalore University Science Day celebration. He said the Central College premises should be protected. “This is where C V Raman (Nobel laureate) announced Raman Effect. It has great historic value,” he said. Roddam Narasimha, Bangalore University vice-chancellor N Prabhu Dev, Nero Virology department chairman and NIHMANS registrar Prof V Ravi inaugurated the event by lighting the lamp. A large number of students from various colleges participated in the annual science day celebration. The lecture was about 40 minutes and the presentation included information on various types of clouds along with pictures taken few years back. It was compared with the current cloud formation. Prof Ravi gave a lecture on HIV and AIDS.
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KSRTC wins telecom tech award Bangalore: Karnataka Road Transport Corporation has won the National FIEO – Telecom Technology Awards-2011 under the category amazing new mobile service and special award by jury. KSRTC managing director Gaurav Gupta received the award from Union commerce and industry ministry secretary Rahul Khullar in New Delhi on Thursday. FIEO – Telecom Technology Awards2011 were instituted by the Federation of Indian Export Organisations, an apex trade promotion organization of the country set up by the Union transport ministry in 1965. The awards acknowledge immense contribution made by the company or organization in the technology sector. KSRTC project – bus tickets through mobile booking – won the telecom technology award. KSRTC is the first sale transport undertaking in the country to introduce URL-based mobile booking application to book bus tickets. Passengers can access ksrtc.in/mobile or http://m.ksrtc.in from GPRS-enabled mobile phones to book tickets.
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New Fluidic Verna engine
Cloud formation must be studied: Roddam
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Yoga class for transgenders organised
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KSRTC managing director Gaurav Gupta receives the National FIEO – Telecom Technology Awards-2011 from Union commerce and industry ministry secretary Rahul Khullar in New Delhi.
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Bangalore: A one-day yoga and meditation camp for transgenders was held in the city yesterday. The camp, organised by the Mahabodhi Mission in association with the Karnataka Managala Mukhiara Sangha, saw more than 50 from the community taking part. Samata Sainik Dal president Venkat Swamy said, “Transgenders are ill-treated because they lack discipline. “With a motive to implement discipline among them, this camp has been taken up by the Mahabodhi Mission under the guidance of Prakash Panthiji, a Buddhist monk.” He advised transgenders to lead a life of dignity.
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100% LOVE Naga Chaitanya, Tamannah (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm)
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MR PERFECT (U) Prabhas, Kajal Aggarwal Cinepolis (1.10 pm) Pallavi (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) PVR Cinemas (11 am, 12.45, 3.30).
Saturday, May 14, 2011
CITY EVENTS General International School of Business and Research: Convocation ceremony, G Madhavan Nair, former ISRO chairman, former police commissioner Shankar Bidari participate, Satya Sai Samskrita Sadanam, 20, Hosur Road, 9.30 am. Ambedkar Institute of Technology: Alumni meet, Deputy Mayor S Harish to participate, Institute premises, Jnanabharathi, 9.30 am. Sama Samaja Vedike: Talk on ‘RamManohar Lohia - Life and His Achievements’ by Mangalore Vijaya, Kanaka Sabhangana, Kurubara Sangha Building, Gandhinagar, 4.30 pm. Veerashaiva Vichara Vedike: Talk on folk artistes’ life by litterateur Chattahalli Mahesh, Basaveshwara Vedike, 2nd Block, Rajajinagar, 6 pm. Pavada Samshodhana Kendra: Inaugurationof State-level study camp on rationality, scientific temper, Besant Park, Doddaballapur, Bangalore Hindupur Road, 10.30 am. MVJ College of Engineering: Graduation day, Biochemist P R Krishnaswamy to participate, Whitefield, Channasandra, 1.30 pm. Rotary Bangalore West: Lecture on ‘Imagining India Through Aadhaar’ by Omprakash, Unique ID Authority of India, Rotary Auditorium, Govt Girls High School, 13th Cross, Malleswaram, 4th Main, 5 pm.
Cultural Organisers: Release of R G Hegde’s book ‘Indomitable spirit’ - a biography of R V Deshpande by Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of Art of Living, The Grand Ball Room, The Taj West End Hotel, Race Course Road, 5.30 pm. Lankesh Prakashana: Release of Shivasundar’s book ‘Charvak’ by Chandrashekar Patil, SCM House, CSI Compound, Mission Road, 5.30 pm. Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy: Interaction with music director Rajan, Priyadarshini Chitramandira, Badami Hou-se, 4.30 pm. Raga Sangama: Vocal by Jayateerth Mevundi, Prasada Bhavana, Balamuri Siddhi Vinayaka Temple, Sahakaranagar, 6 pm. Indian Council for Cultural Relations: Kathak by JayanthiMEshwarputhi, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Race Course Road, 6.30 pm. Bangalore University: Samskrutha Chintana - felicitation to Kadri Gopalanath, Jnanajyothi Auditorium, Central College premises, 5 pm. National School of Drama: Play ‘Abhisheka Nataka’ directed by Ramesh Varma, Guru Nanak Bhavan, Miller Tank Bund Road, Vasanthanagar, 7 pm.
Religious Arogya and Adhyatmika Prav-achana Swagath Samithi: Discourse on Health by Chethan Guruji, Ramanashree Vidy-asamsthe, 18th Main Road, 18th Cross,MC Layout, Vijayanagar, 7 pm.
Exhibitions Eka: Sculptures and wall murals in cold ceramic by the renowned Simi Nirula of Kolkata. A slice of rustic Indian life, the sculptures capture the beauty, innocence and joy of everyday living. Affordably priced, each sculpture is a timeless work of art. Rustic Muse, on display till 29th May at Eka, 19 Gangadhar Chetty Road, Near Ulsoor Lake. Open all days, 10am to 8 pm. National gallery of modern Art: Presenting the Homai Vyarawalla exhibition curated by Sabeena Gadihoke. The exhibition captures the years before and after India gained independenc. 49, Palace Road, High grounds. 10 am to 7 pm Renaissance Art Gallerie: A group show of paintings by Abeer Shah, Smita Agrawal, Neha Mhyavanshi and Kanthraj. 104 Cunningham Road, 10 am to 6 pm AF: Presents Paris La Metisse that captures the magic and romance that exist on the tiny streets of Paris in a series of photographs by Florence Batarière and Morgan Haël Jypsian The sensitivity of the writing and the photographic art give the city of Paris a tan-
gible dimension as a cultural crossroad. Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar, 10 am to 7 pm. Art At Above: A solo exhibition by artist Praseeda Menon. 849, 11th Main, 2nd Cross, HAL 2nd Stage Indiranagar. Gallery Third Eye: Abstractive Illusions is an exhibition of contemporary Indian paintings. It is a group show by artists Nirmal, Sudhir Meher, Vijay Nagavekar and Gopal Dey and curated by Jasmine Khanna. A-1, Epsilon Office Block, 2nd Floor, Yemalur, 10 am to 6 pm.
Music Chowdiah memorial hall: Hear carnatic vocalist Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna live in concert. Gayathri Devi Park Extension, 16th Cross, Malleshwaram, 6 pm onwards. Opus: Kingfisher Ultra presents ULTRA AW3SUM with Karan Joseph on keys, crooner Venkat Subramaniyam and Carlton Braganza on vocals. No 4, 1st main, Chakravarthy Layout, Palace Cross Road, 9 pm onwards Cubbon Park: Air Force Station Jalahalli is organising a concert by the Air Warrior Symphony Orchestra that includes some of the finest musicians in the IAF. The entry to the concert is free. Cubbon Park, 5 pm Bacchus: Your monthly dose of phat beats, funky basslines and classic tracks that take you through the years and back, by Ghetooblaster. Spearheaded by DJ Uri of Start from Scratch (London) who aims to fill the void for the people striving for that special eclectic blend. Papanna Street, St. Mark’s Road.
Theatre Ranga shankara: Presenting The Interview, a play about a young man’s unusual job interview with a huge corporation. He faces the most challenging hour of his life, but he’s keen to make it though. After all, it is a job to die for. No. 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, RV Dental College, JP Nagar, 7.30 pm.
There will be bigger mass movement if Lokpal bill is not passed: Hegde L Raghunanda Bangalore Beat Bureau
Bangalore: The Jan Lokpal Bill 2011 will be more effective than the Sarkar Lok Pal Bill 2010, and if the government does not implement the new bill there will be a bigger mass civil movement than the one witnessed last time under the leadership of Gandhian Anna Hazare, warned Lokayukta and Jan Lok Bill drafting committee member Santosh Hegde. Justice Hegde spoke to Bangalore Beat at length. Here are excerpts from the interview. What is the difference between the two Lokpal bills? Amendments to the Sarkar Lokpal bill have been made with “whims and fancies”, only to see that if a public servant is caught he will have enough escape routes. Here it is a clear case of justice delayed is justice denied. But in the Jan Lokpal
bill, the interests of civil society will be represented. If implemented and executed in the right manner, it will ensure speedy justice. What is the constitution of the Jan Lokpal committee? It will have 10 Lokpals and one chief Lokpal. Apart from Gandhian Anna Hazare (who led a massive movement against corruption that forced the government to form a committee to formulate the Jan Lokpal bill), the committee will have former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, I, advocate Shanthi Bhushan, and Arvind Kejriwal. After consultation among the draft committee members, we have decided that if anybody has to be included as a member, he should have the character and conduct that reflects aspirations of the civil society. It could be a young judge from the Supreme Court or the youngest chief justice of high
But in the subsequent amendments, by attaching various clauses, that provision has been removed. When we asked (Union finance minister) Pranab Mukherjee, (Union home minister) P Chidambaram and (Union law minister) Veerappa Moily, as to why there is such a hue and cry over including the Prime Minister, they remained silent. But why cannot the governor and President be brought under its ambit? It is well settled now that the President and a governor are protectors of the Constitution. They are looked upon with the highest decorum. Again their stand cannot be questioned in court or he could even be a sitting among members of the bill the court of law. But there are election commissioner or Comp- drafting committee? questions about effective impletroller and Auditor General. If you look way back into the mentation of the act. While there is some confu- Prevention of Corruption Act of If someone files a complaint sion over bringing the Prime 1947, it had made the Prime Min- in some corner of the country, Minister under the ambit of ister accountable who could be how will it be addressed effecLokpal, what is the opinion tried for charges of corruption. tively and investigation carried
out? Anyone can file a complaint anywhere, and in order to make the administration of justice simple, any officer not less than the level of superintendent of police at the district level will accept the complaints from you. They will send the complaint to the district magistrate, who will forward it to the Lokpal. This will ensure speedy justice. What if the bill is not passed in the next session of Parliament? What is the way forward? Allies within the United Progressive Alliance have said they would support the bill, see that there is a proper discussion on the floor of the House and get it passed. But the government too has seen the massive civil society movement. If the government does not pay heed, then there will again be an agitation, possibly bigger than the one started by Anna Hazare last time.
Speaker must quit over decision on rebels: Cong Thungabhadra Ravi
Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: The Congress today made a strong appeal to governor H R Bhardwaj to sack the Yeddyurappa government in view of the adverse judgment from the Supreme Court on the disqualification of 16 rebel BJP and independent MLAs yesterday. Addressing a joint press conference at the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee office in the city, party state president G Parameshwara and opposition leader in the assembly Siddramaiah said Speaker K G Bopaiah has sullied the dignity of the office, and danced to the tunes of chief minister B S Yeddyurappa before disqualifying the MLAs. “The MLAs were not given a hearing before the Speaker took the decision. As mentioned by the Supreme Court, it violates the natural law of justice. The Speaker should own responsibility for his actions and resign immediately.” The Speaker’s decision violates the Constitution and the antidefection law. It smacks of partiality and political motive. It is unilateral, biased, motivated and partisan,” they alleged. The Congress leaders will meet the
governor tomorrow and submit a memorandum asking him to sack the government. With the Supreme Court verdict, true colours of the Speaker have been exposed. The hurry with which he disqualified the MLAs shows that he was taking orders from the chief minister, they said. “Governor H R Bhardwaj should exercise his constitutional powers and take action against the guilty.” Referring to the emergency session called by Yeddyurappa from Monday, they said, “It shows that it is purely a political move. There has been no precedence of holding the assembly session during May. It is normally held during November and October. The session has been called by Yeddyurappa purely to save his chair and government. What was the urgency to call for the session now?” On rumours of Operation Lotus beginning again, they said, “The only performance of this government has been poaching MLAs from other parties. Instead of focusing on development works, this government has been indulging in these unconstitutional activities. Operation Lotus has been the only achievement of this government
Opposition leader in the assembly Siddaramaiah addresses the media at a press meet at the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee office this morning as party president G Parameshwara looks on. in the last three years.” They said, “The BJP central leadership has been crying hoarse about corruption. What has it done to contain corruption in the state and what action has it taken?”
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On the election results, they said, “The BJP has been wiped out in Assam, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. There is a lesson in this. BJP president Nitin Gadkari has to resign owning responsibility for the poor show.”
CM continues Janata Darshan
Asked whether the Congress leaders would attend the assembly session, Siddaramaiah said, “I have not received any notice on the session. We will take a decision based on the letter we receive.”
Dance Indian council for cultural Relations: A Kathak dance recital under the Horizon Series by exponent Jayanthi M Eshwarputhi. The Khincha Auditorium, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Race Course Road, 6.30pm. Miscellaneous Taj west end: Book release of Indomitable Spirit - A Biography on Mr. R.V. Deshpande by Dr. R.G. Hegde, through the august hands of His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, of the Art of Living Foundation. Followed by dinner. Grand Ballroom, The Taj West End Hotel, Race Course Road. Page Turners: An evening of storytelling based on the extensive work on folklore of the Kirati community by Acoustic Traditional, along with an exhibition of rare stories, myths and legends. MG Road. Iflac Spanish: Short-term and long-term career oriented diploma courses for Spanish. Also available are support classes for IB and IGCSE programs. IFLac is a certified DELE Examination Centre, the only certificate for non-native Spanish speakers that is officially recognised by the Spanish Ministry of Education. Institutes located at Basavangudi and Palace Road. Higher power foundation Rehab centre: Inaugurating the ladies’ wing and a celebration of festival of recovery with a reunion of past and present patients. #128, 10th Cross, Esther Enclave, Horamavu Town Hall: The worldfamous magician, Jadugar Anand known across the world for thrilling shows that will keep you on the edge of your seat, is performing a series of shows with his son Akash everyday at Town Hall, 4 pm and 7 pm.
Food Cream centre: Enjoy the weekend specialties which include channa bhatura, ragda patties, tandoori paneer tikka, American corn cheese balls, onion rings. At 762, 100ft road, Indiranagar, HAL 2nd Stage.
Heavy rain created havoc across the city last evening. Here, riders wade through water logged streets in front of Forum Mall in Koramangala.
Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa hears people’s grievances as he holds Janata Darshan at his official residence Krishna this morning.
India will throw up a lot of biz opportunities: Bijoor Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: India will be the third-largest economy in the world by 2025, opening up a large number of business opportunities, brand expert and CEO of Consults Inc Harish Bijoor has said. Addressing students of Presidency School of Business on their graduation day, he said the business world would change dramatically with factors like globalization, urbanization and climate change. Instant gratification will not work, only hard work is the only way to success. Today’s generation has been impatient and this is not a good way to grow, he advised students. “India is a happening country which has the potential to be the source of power and profit. By 2020, the country’s GDP (gross domestic product) will be $7 trillion and will be in the third spot after the US and China,” he said. Attitude is the most important thing for
success in the corporate world where the younger generation should remain optimistic. To taste success in the corporate world, team work, knowledge and integrity at place of work are very essential, said Presidency College principal Brahm Sharma. Knowledge should be upgraded and commonsense should be used when the tough time and problems arise. Strict management will succeed in the corporate world, he added. “Quality benchmark should be high in the corporate sector and you should be an honest critic of yourself. Only we can rectify our mistakes,” said Bosch director Sanjay Chakravarthy. Absolute focus should be developed without diverting the attention to succeed in life, he advied the graduating students. Presidency Group of Institutions chairman Nissar Ahmed and faculty dean Radha Padmanabha took part in the ceremony.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Two‑day Red Rice COURT DEFERS ORDER ON
Mela kick starts KANI BAIL PLEA TO MAY 20 Thungabadra Ravi
Bangalore Beat Bureau
Bangalore: A two-day mela of indigenous varieties of rice (kempakki) was kick started today. The mela will be held at Gandhi Bhavan. The country was known to have more than two lakh varieties of indigenous rice, but now only 30,000 varieties are left. The government should take these facts into consideration before thinking of the next green revolution. These red rice varieties are grown using organic fertilisers and these varieties does not eat into the fertility of the soil. The mela has 10 stalls with farmers from different parts of the state displaying different varieties of rice. Farmers have come from Gulbarga, Raichur, Shimoga, Yadgir have brought huge quantities of rice for exhibition and sale. More than 100 rice varieties have been put on display and the organisers expect more than 5,000 people to visit the stalls. Gandasalla, Belgaum basmati, Navara, Intan, Mysore mallige, Basmati boiled rice, Akkalu, Bilimuduga, Doddibatha,Chinnaponni, Gandasala, Rajmudi and Jolaga are some of the varieties that have been put on display. K S Sagar, member-secretary, organic farming department, agriculture ministry, Dr H S Prema, food expert, Dr Satayanarayana Bhatt, ayurveda expert, and N R Shetty, president of Sahaja Samrudhhi, took part in the inauguration ceremony this morning. Dr Prema said, “Nowadays, people eat food which are artifical, or grown using chemical fertilizers and also lead a life full of stres. They are being afflicted with various types of lifestyle diseases like diabetes, joint pain and stomach ulcers. People should consume these local varieties of rice which are known for their therapeutic value too, especially the Navara variety.” Devendrappa, a farmer from Kekkere village of Yadgir district, said, “There are many varieties of indigenous rice varieties, but it is unfortunate that many don’t know their nutritional value. Last year, I and my family have grown 14 quintals of Navara rice in just one acre. I have four acres of paddy field, where 44 varieties are tried out. Navara is not Karnataka variety, but originated in Kerala. Because of its medicinal value I am getting a good price at Rs 80
New Delhi: In a sort of anti-climax, a special court today prolonged the suspense on the bail application of DMK MP Kanimozhi in the 2G spectrum case by deferring the pronouncement of its order till May 20. “The order is deferred to May 20,” Special CBI Judge O P Saini said after marking the presence of all the accused including 43-year-old Kanimozhi, daughter of DMK chief M Karunanidhi. Seeing a huge presence of journalists, Saini questioned as to why there were so many journalists and then simply passed the order. CBI lawyer A K Singh told reporters outside the court that the only reason which the judge gave for not pronouncing the order was that it was not ready. The court also adjourned its pronouncement of order till May 20 on the bail plea of Sharad Kumar, MD and CEO of Kalaignar TV. Kanimozhi was accompanied by her husband G Aravindan and DMK parliamentary party leader T R Baalu. Earlier, the court had on May 7 reserved
from Shahid Usman Balwa’s firm DB Realty. The CBI has accused her of conspiring with Raja. She has also been charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act for taking bribe through Kalaignar TV--a channel run by the DMK -- in which the bribe of the 2G scam was routed. Speaking to reporters after the court deferred its order on bail pleas of Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar, Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy said Kanimozhi is not going to escape from CBI’s clutches as more evidence against her is going to come up. its order on the bail pleas of Kanimozhi “I do not think she (Kanimozhi) is and Sharad Kumar after hearing extensive going to escape as more evidence is going arguments advanced by criminal lawyer to come. I do not think this matter is in Ram Jethmalani who, citing the charge any way showing that she is going to be sheet, blamed former Telecom Minister let off or that the CBI is going easy on A Raja for the offence attributed to Kani- her,” Swamy said. mozhi. Kanimozhi and Kumar hold 20 per The special court, designated by the cent stake each in Kalaignar TV while Supreme Court to deal exclusively with Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal, who the 2G case, has to decide the fate of holds the remaining 60 per cent share in Kanimozhi who has been accused of tak- the broadcasting channel, has been made ing Rs 200 crore bribe for Kalaignar TV a witness.
Kanimozhi appeared before the court on May 6 in compliance with the summons issued after she was named in the second chargesheet. Pressing for Kanimozhi’s bail, Jethmalani had sought to blame Raja and Sharad Kumar for the alleged offence saying she neither signed any documents nor handled affairs of the company. “My misfortune is that I am Karunanidhi’s daughter and an MP. I have 20 per cent shares in Kalaignar TV. Show me one overt act of mine which relates to the offence,” he had said. He had contended that apart from having 20 per cent shares in Kalaignar TV, she does not have any role in running its day-to-day affairs. CBI opposed her bail plea saying her “complicity” in the alleged bribe given to Kalaignar TV in the 2G scam was clear. “The transactions (of Rs 200 crore) are nothing but the transfer of bribe money to Kalaignar TV. Kumar alone cannot be held responsible when a family is having the controlling shares,” special public prosecutor U U Lalit had argued. PTI
Tough job awaits Congress in Kerala Thiruvananthapuram: With UDF securing power with a thin majority of 72 seats in the 140-member Assembly in Kerala, tough administrative and organisational tasks are awaiting Congress as the lead partner in the bipolar scenario. Running the combine within and outside the assembly will be a delicate job for ConNew Delhi: Senior Congress leaders Madgress leaders, including Chief Ministerial hushudhan Mistry and Mohsina Kidwai probable Oommen Chandy who will have were today made central observers for to put up with pressures from partners while Kerala while Pranab Mukherjee and Digvioffering a “stable, pro-people and developjay Singh have been entrusted with the ment-oriented rule” as promised to voters. task for Assam. The announcement was The presence of CPI(M)-led LDF as a made by party General Secretary Janardstrong and vigilant opposition will be a han Dwivedi a day after the Congress compelling factor for the UDF to be doubly ousted the LDF from power in Kerala in cautious in its every move in the coming a keen contest and came to power for days. the third successive time in Assam. In Though the Congress and its partners Kerala, the names of Oommen Chandy have exuded confidence that they would and Ramesh Chennithala are doing the run the government cohesively, political obrounds for the post of chief minister while servers here feel that problems might in Assam, incumbent Tarun Gogoi is excrop up right from the ministry-formation pected to be made chief minister for the process. third term after the party’s spectacular According to observers, Congress’s tally performance, party sources said. IANS of 38 seats, which stood far short of expectations, could be exploited by partners like the Kerala Congress (Mani faction) to drive coalitions is slightly above 1.50 lakh. By a hard bargain during ministry-formation. preliminary estimates, the UDF secured The difference of votes between the two 45.61 per cent and LDF 44.9 per cent of the
Mistry, Kidwai made central observers
People visit the Red Rice Mela that kicked off at Gandhi Bhavan this morning. per kg.” Syed Gani Khan, one of the promoters and persons behind Save Indigenious Rice Campaign, and also a farmer from Malavalli of Mandya district, said, “For the last 10 years, I have been promoting many varieties of indigenous rice asking farmers to grow these rice vari-
polled votes. BJP, whose hopes of opening account in the assembly were dashed once again, secured 6.06 per cent, which is two per cent higher than its vote share in the 2006 polls.For the Congress, keeping the right class, caste and religious composition while choosing its members could be a difficult task as two of its key allies--Kerala Congress (M) and Indian Union Muslim League-are minority-dominated parties. Besides, smaller parties like Kerala Congress (Jacob), Kerala Congress (B) and RSP (B), which have one one seat each, will also have to be rewarded with ministerial berth as the support of every single MLA is crucial for the survival of the ministry. Accepting the defeat, the CPI(M) has made it clear that the LDF would sit in opposition and would not encourage any party to cross from the rival side. But, going by the state’s political history, this would not mean that the opposition would allow the UDF to run the government smoothly for long with such a wafer-thin majority. As the opposition, most probably under the leadership of outgoing Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan, the LDF is certain to closely watch the government without letting go of any chance to “oppose and expose” the rival. PTI
position as a regional leader” to spearhead the initiative to normalise relations with Pakistan, Blake said noting that he had invited his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani to watch a World Cup cricket match in March. Building on the ‘cricket diplomacy’ launched by “Prime Ministers Singh and Gilani in Mohali, the commerce secretaries of the two countries met last month in Islamabad and jointly announced ambitious commitments to enhance trade and commercial ties,” Blake noted. “India’s economic rise presents an enormous opportunity for Pakistan, and the normalisation of economic ties could provide immense benefits to millions of entrepreneurs, farmers and businesspeople in both countries,” he said. “More critically, a bilateral breakthrough could provide a catalyst for wider regional economic integration, a transformative goal we all wish realised,” he said. IANS
students told Bangalore Beat Bureau
While students will be in a hurry to increase their memory Mysore: Mysore University Li- power, they neglect the issue of brary and Information Science concentration. “In studies merely Students Association has organ- memory will not help without ised a one-day workshop concentration. One should focus on art of mind control and invited on both to get good results,” he Rasik Shekhar Das of said. ISKON to deliver a lecture today Meditation is the ultimate morning. weapon to achieve goals in life, Shekhar Das said aim is im- he concluded. portant in one’s life. However Dr Mallinath Kumbar, many times heart will not allow Prof and chairman Mysore Unione’s mind to achieve the aim versity Library & Information and reach the objectives and Science were present on the ocgoals in life. casion.
BMTC to ply 200 Chorona Skypack buses
Bangalore Beat Bureau
ʻMen need protectionʼ
Bangalore: The BMTC which has set a precedent by launching state of the art buses has set yet another example by launching a hitech bus to ply within the city roads. The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation launched BS IV Model type ‘Chorona Skypack bus’ here in the city at the Shanthinagar bus stop this morning. ”Bangalore is the only city in the country to have Chorona Skypack BS IV technology bus. The main specialty of the bus is that it is built on an ‘integrated platform’ unlike other buses which are built on chassis. The overall length of the bus is 12 meters with automatic transmission,” said Maheshkumar GB, CEO Chorona Bus Manufacturers Pvt Ltd. Speaking on the features of this bus he said, “one of the main feature of this bus is that it is five times more safe than the buses built on chassis. The bus will ensure 25 to 40 per cent better fuel efficiency and save a lot of money on fuel. Another main feature is that the bus has independent suspension and is build with less than 2 tonnes of metal.”
BMTC MD Zameer Pasha inaugurates the bus at BMTC Shanthinagar bus depot. Syed Zameer Pasha, managing director BMTC said, “Out of the 13 cities in the country, Bangalore is the only city where BS IV model type monocoque frame technology buses are launched. Having capacity of 44 seats with air con-
ditioner, this bus will ply form Kempegowda bus station to BIAL on a trail basis for two months and after getting feedback form the people about 100 to 200 Chronoa Skypack buses will be introduced in the city.”
Reform visa process to attract Indian, Chinese tourists: US travel body ‘Forum to Protect Men’ today organised a protest against atrocities being committed by some women and police against men. They allege that such incidents of physical and mental torture are increasing and men are in need protection.
Tokyo: Japan Saturday shut down its Hamaoka nuclear power plant over fears of a major earthquake, Kyodo News reported. The Chubu Electric Co. – the plant’s operator – said it had halted the last two operating reactors, No.3 and No.4, on a request from the Japanese government. Reactors No.1 and No.2 built in the 1970s - were shut down two years ago. Prime Minister Naoto Kan said earlier that they decided to shut down the reactors due to risk of an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 or more on the Pacific side of central Japan. There is an 87 percent possibility that a massive earthquake will hit the area within the next 30 years, officials said. The government has been reviewing the safety of the country’s 54 nuclear reactors.
US hails Indian eﬀorts Achieve goals to rebuild Afghanistan by meditation,
eties. Based on rice exchange programme, I have been dealing in getting local varieties from other states. Now I have rice from other countries too, like Thailand, Thai Jasmine, Burma Washington: Taking note of India’s “enhanced black rice, Pakistan basmati. Thai rice and Burma black are position as a regional leader” the United States used in Indian cuisine like has welcomed New Delhi’s boost in aid to Kabul and strong support to international efforts to paisam. rebuild a stable Afghanistan. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s just concluded visit to Kabul “underscored India’s strong efforts to support international efforts to rebuild a secure, stable Afghanistan,” Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake said Friday. During his Kabul visit, Manmohan Singh pledged $500 million in fresh aid to Afghanistan, raising the Indian contribution to $2 billion, he noted in a speech at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a think-tank. “India has assisted with critical infrastructure, like power stations and the Parliament building, and small development projects like health care facilities and wells,” Blake said. Manmohan Singh “recognized India’s enhanced
Jagajyothi Basaveshwara Jayanti was celebrated in Bangalore today. Eminent writer Dr Chidananda Murthy, deputy chairman of state planning board Ramachandre Gowda, P K Rajagopal, T V Basavaraju, Prabhu Shankar, Guruswamy and Anand were among others present on the occasion.
Quake scare: Japan shuts down n‑plant
Washington: The US Travel Association has proposed a reform of US visa policies to make America more open and welcoming to visitors, particularly from emerging economies like India, China and Brazil. A report released by the organisation suggests that the “antiquated” US visa process often drives international travellers to other countries.
Figures released by USTA show that while travel is the largest US industry export sector, the United States has failed to keep pace with other parts of the world – such as Western Europe – as a travel destination in the past decade. Looking specifically at growing economies like China, India and Brazil, global long-haul travel grew 140 percent from 2000 to
2010 and is projected to double again over the next decade. But only a fraction of that travel, and the billions of dollars in revenue it creates, went to the United States, it said. If the system is updated, it could create 1.3 million new jobs across America and add $859 billion to the economy by 2020, according to the USTA research. The main proposals in the
USTA plan are to increase staffing, reduce wait times for visa interviews and expand the Visa Waiver Programme. Roger Dow, the association’s president and chief executive, said: “As a nation, we’re putting up a ‘keep out’ sign.” “The United States imposes unnecessary barriers on international visitors, and that inhibits our economic growth.” IANS
Scholarship for children of labourers Mysore: Sankalp group of Industries has sponsored Rs. 1 lakh for the National Institute of Engineering’s (NIE) scholarship awards for children of construction labour. V K Jagadeesh Babu, MD, Sankalp Group distributed scholarships to meritorious children at a function held here today morning. He said the Sankalp group is committed to sponsor Rs. 1 lakh every year as scholarship for children of construction \workers who have achieved distinction in SSLC and PUC examinations. The group has also promised to adopt children who have entered professional engineering courses. H N Ramatheertha, Director NIE was present on the occasion.
Naxals abduct four farmers Sasaram (Bihar): Suspected Maoists have abducted four farmers from Pararya village in Chutiya police station area of Bihar's Rohtas district, the police said today. Over 40 armed Maoists raided the village late last night and and took four farmers to an unknown place at gunpoint, the police said. The farmers were identified as Vibhishan Tiwari, Jaidurak Tiwari, Dhiraj Tiwari and Rajgrih Tiwari.
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Beyond Beat THE MOUNTAIN Saturday, May 14, 2011
Antarctic icebergs help ocean absorb carbon dioxide
OF THE DEW
Photos: Shravan Iyer
Washington: Antarctic icebergs may be instrumental in boosting the growth of algae that absorbs atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and transfers it back into the deep sea through marine food chains. Marine biologist Ken Smith from Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, along with researchers from a dozen other institutions, conducted three month-long cruises to the Weddell Sea in 2005, 2008, and 2009. Global climate change is causing Antarctic ice shelves to shrink and split apart, releasing thousands of free-drifting icebergs that are carried by currents into the nearby Weddell Sea, the journal Deep-Sea Research reports. Their research vessel, Nathanial Palmer, very closely approached these floating islands of ice during this five-year research project, according to a Monterey Bay statement. The new study suggests that these icebergs carry iron-rich sediment from the land out into the ocean. As these icebergs melt and drift across the ocean, some of the iron dissolves in the seawater, creating a trail of iron-rich meltwater that can be up to 19 km long. The iron in this water helps fertilise the growth of microscopic algae. Monterey Bay engineers, led by Alana Sherman, developed a new robotic instrument that was programmed to sink 600 meters below the ocean surface while a large iceberg drifted overhead, then rise back to the sea surface after the iceberg had passed. This instrument, called ‘Lagrangian sediment trap’, was used to collect particles of sediment, bits of dead algae, and other debris that drifted down from the waters under and around the iceberg. This device allowed scientists to measure for the first time the amount of organic carbon sinking into the deep sea beneath a large (six-km-wide, 35-kmlong, and 28-metres-high), free-floating iceberg. The researchers compared the amount of carbon sinking down to 600 meters beneath the iceberg with the amount of carbon sinking in the open ocean nearby. They found that about twice as much carbon sank into the deep sea within a 30-km radius of the iceberg, compared with an open-ocean “control” area. IANS
ere, you can touch the clouds every day of the year and feel the wind blast rock you off your feet. And for those who love wildlife it is a great treat. Wondering which is this magical place? Then pack your bags and head to Himavad Gopalaswamy Hills. It is 220 km from Bangalore and 75 km from Mysore. It has the distinction of being one of the most famous tourist spots in the state. The hill, which is at a height of 1450 metre, falls under Chamarajanagar district. A large number of tourists and naturelovers visit the hills, which are also famous for a temple on whose sitting deity the hill has been named. The hill is wooded and the most exciting feature of these hills is that it is covered in fog throughout the year. You can sight herds of wild elephants, bisons and deer on the hills. It is a part of the Bandipur National Park range and has a number of pools for these wild animals to quench their thirst. Hima means fog, Gopalswamy is the other name for Lord Krishna. You can reach the hills by reaching Mysore through Bangalore-Mysore highway and from there to Gundulpet through the Mysore-Ooty highway. The hills are 10 km from Gundulpet. You have a comfortable motorable road that takes you to the top of the hill. The drive is pleasant as acres of sunflower farms greet you leading up to the foot of the hills. Just few minute drive from Gundulpet you will have a magnificent view of the gigantic hills. Once you begin the ascent, you are surrounded by lush green forest. At the top, register yourself with the forest department and pay an entry fee of Rs 100 for motorbikes and Rs 500 for cars. This is new fee set by the forest department for maintenance of the hill. You can visit the hills only between 8.30 am and 5 pm. You can go on trekking expeditions in the core of the forest with prior permission from the forest department and you will be accompanied by a forest guard. Overstaying in the forest without any permission from the forest department can lead to punishment. There is a forest department guesthouse on top of the hill, but you need prior permission to stay there. The temple here was built in 1315 by Chola Ballala and has the idol of Venugopalaswamy. The specialty of the temple is that there is a constant stream of dew on top of the temple. During the annual rathostava, a unique bamboo chariot is made to carry the deity. The view of the forest from the temple is mind blowing as you are surrounded by hills, valleys and lush green cover. The temple surroundings are protected under the Wildlife Act 1972. Don’t step into the forest and disturb wild animals. Guards will fine you for violating the rules.
ʻWorking memoryʼ key to self‑control under stress
Washington: Can we anticipate how well someone will control his or her emotions, stay calm during stress, or even accept critical feedback stoically? Heath A Demaree, professor of psychology at Case Western Reserve University, feels the answer might lie in what psychologists call “hot” and “cold” psychology. “People differ with regard to how well they can control their emotions, and the one factor that predicts it is non-emotional in nature – it is a ‘cold’ cognitive construct,” Demaree explained, referring to Working Memory Capacity (WMC). WMC is the “ability to process a stream of information while engaging in a separate task or while being distracted”, Demaree said, according to a Case Western statement reported in the journal Emotion. For example, while taking notes during a lecture, you must listen to what the lecturer is saying at the moment, remember what has already been said, and write it down. People with a high level of working memory capacity were best at using a coping mechanism to make themselves feel better and control negative emotions after being harshly criticised. In the study, Demaree and Brandon J. Schmeichel, professor of psychology at Texas A&M University, tested connections between high WMC and the control of emotions. This research follows a 2008 study – Working Memory Capacity and the Self-Regulation of Emotional Expression and Experience. Researchers found that though emotions can be controlled, people with higher WMC were better at managing their emotions when directed to do so. “The 2010 study employs the same ideas. But it additionally showed that people with high WMC control their emotions more naturally – when not directed to do so as well,” Demaree said. IANS
How to reach l
Himavad Gopalswamy Hills is 220 km from Bangalore and 75 km from Mysore on the Mysore-Ooty road. lA large number of government buses ply to the hill from Mysore. For those who wish to use their own transport, use BangaloreMysore express highway and then from Mysore head towards Gundulpet. A deviation from from Gundulpet leads you to the hills.
Dos & Don’ts * Keep note of the timings and don’t be late. * Do not carry liquor as it violates the forest act. * Do not go beyond the boundaries as the area is prohibited * Get permission from the forest department and take the help of forest guards for trekking inside the core areas of the forest. * Keep warm clothing as it gets cold on top of the hill.
NEWS & FEATURES 6
Saturday, May 14, 2011
world briefs AP-PTI
Gaddafi could be ʻwounded, on runʼ
Actress Jane Fonda arrives for the screening of Sleeping Beauty at the 64th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France.
Over 3,000 protesters rally in Syria Syria: Over 3,000 protesters took to the streets in Syria Friday, despite two days of violent crackdowns on demonstrators, local media said. Syrian interior ministry said that about 3,700 people marched through suburbs of Damascus, Idleb and Homs, chanting “Allah, Syria, Freedom!” Local media reported that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remained true to his word not to shoot at protesters, but opposition leaders were quoted in Western media as saying that two people were killed in Homs. Syrian rights activists say that more than 750 demonstrators have been killed in Syria since the unrest began two months ago. Earlier this week security forces conducted house-to-house raids in Syria’s third largest city of Homs, the coastal town of Baniya, the capital Damascus, and the southern city of Deraa About 2,000 students rallied against the government raids late Wednesday in a university campus in Syria’s largest city of Aleppo. The protest was dispersed by police and pro-government students. Rights activists describe Wednesday as one of the bloodiest days in the unrest, saying 22 people were killed, including 13 in the southern town of Al Harra, which was shelled by tanks. Syrian authorities claim the protests are organised by Islamic extremists seeking to seize power in the country. IANS
Tripoli: Muammar Gaddafi may be wounded and on the run, Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini said yesterdya, adding that the Libyan strongman’s regime is disintegrating. Frattini’s remarks, based on a comments he said were made to him by the Roman Catholic bishop of Tripoli, came as rebel leader Mahmud Jibril was headed for the White House to press for US recognition and aid. “I tend to think of as credible comments by the bishop of Tripoli, monsignor (Giovanni Innocenzo) Martinelli, who told us that Gadhafi is very probably outside of Tripoli and probably also injured. But we don’t know where he is,” Frattini told reporters in Rome. An AFP correspondent in Tripoli attempted to reach Bishop Martinelli by telephone but was unsuccessful. Frattini had earlier told Corriere della Sera daily: “I am of the view that (Gadhafi) has probably fled from Tripoli but not from the country.” He also cast doubt on the reliability of television images showing Gadhafi on state television earlier this week. “I have a lot of doubts that those images were shot that day,” he said. On Wednesday, the television showed footage of Gadhafi in a meeting, which it said was with eastern tribal dignitaries that same day. Frattini said international pressure was causing “the disintegration of the regime from the inside, which is what we wanted,” adding that arms depots had been raided by rebels on the outskirts of Tripoli in the past few hours. “We have seen some rebel flags flying... in eastern Tripoli,” he said. “International pressure has apparently provoked a decision by Gadhafi to seek refuge in a safer place,” he said. With rebel forces claiming to be only
In this image from Libyan TV, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, back right, holds a meeting with tribal leaders from eastern Libya, in Tripoli, Libya, on Wednesday. his son on Monday, an ICC prosecutor told Spain’s Cadena Ser radio, RIA Novosti reported. ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo said he would seek warrants for Gaddafi, his son Saif al Islam and intelligence chief, Abdullah al Senussi, for crimes against humanity. Meanwhile, Gaddafi issued an audio address on the national TV Friday, dismissing rumours that he was injured in NATO’s recent raid and saying he was in a place “out of NATO’s reach.” “You will never be able to kill me, because I live where you cannot reach and cannot kill me - in the hearts of millions of people,” Gaddafi said in his address to “the cowardly crusader”. “Even if you eliminate me physically, I’ll live in the hearts of millions,” he added. However, Gaddafi’s audio refailed to convince western media International prosecutor to marks that the Libyan strongman was in perfect seek warrant for Gaddafi health. A week ago, the NATO air strike Moscow: The International Criminal on a wealthy residential area in Tripoli Court (ICC) would seek warrants for killed Gaddafi’s youngest son, Saif alLibyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and Arab, 29. IANS 10 kilometres from Zliten, their next main military target on the road to Tripoli, insurgent leader Mahmud Jibril was to hold talks with US National Security Adviser Tom Donilon. Officials would not say whether President Barack Obama would drop by the meeting, a practice sometimes used with guests for whom protocol does not dictate an official meeting. Jibril, who handles foreign affairs for the rebels’ National Transitional Council (NTC), was asked by CNN television what he expected from the talks and replied: “We need the recognition.” The Libyan opposition, based in the eastern city of Benghazi, wants Washington to recognise the body as “the sole legitimate interlocutor of the Libyan people,” he said. AFP
Anti-government protesters take part in a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen, yesterday. Qatar has pulled out of an effort to mediate an end to Yemen’s political crisis, blaming the country’s embattled president for the impasse and potentially leaving his regime even more isolated among his neighbours.
Osamaʼs death Just a spoonful of sugar makes big milestone: Congressman infections go down Washington: The death of Osama bin Laden was a major blow and an important milestone on the way to al-Qaida’s strategic defeat, a top White House official said. “The successful assault on bin Laden’s compound is a strong blow and important milestone on the way to al-Qaida’s strategic defeat,” national security advisor Tom Donilon said in his address to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “But al-Qaida suffers additional fundamental challenges: The Arab Spring narrative presents al-Qaida with a potent ideological challenge. For its entire existence, al-Qaida’s message has been that violence is the only path forward. “It has never had an affirmative program-? it could not have been further removed from and relevant to those who came to Tahrir Square in January,” he said. Donilon said as a result of the raid on the Abbottabad compound, US now had the single largest trove of intelligence ever collected from a top terrorist leader. “The intelligence community says it is equivalent to a small college library worth of material. It is remarkable: Based on what we know now, we have tens of thousands of video and photo files, and millions of pages of text. One fact is already clear from this intelligence: Osama bin Laden was not simply a marginalised or symbolic figurehead,” he said. He remained an operational commander of al-Qaida’s a man directly involved in strategy, operations, propaganda and personnel, Donilon said, adding, “In that compound in Abbottabad, we got more than Osama Bin Laden.” Referring to the process that led to the capture and death of bin Laden, he said dedicated professionals painstakingly scrutinised thousands of pieces of information until they found a man they believed was Laden’s trusted courier and began to track his movements. “We held more than two dozen interagency meetings and the President (Obama) personally chaired five meetings in the White House Situation Room in the six weeks leading up to the operation on Sunday, May 1,” he said. “When it came time to decide, there were a number of options available, but the President chose to launch the raid for three main reasons: he wanted to limit the risk to innocent civilians. He wanted to be able to prove we found who we were looking for. And he wanted to be able to exploit any intelligence found at the scene.” PTI
London: Just a spoonful of sugar can impart that killing edge to antibiotics against infections. Researchers found that glucose and fructose – types of sugar found in plants – make deadly bugs behind chronic infections more vulnerable to drugs. Sugar can improve the effectiveness of antibiotics against infections, say researchers. Such infections often occur when bacteria 'shut down', making antibiotics ineffective against them, reports the journal Nature. Over time, the bugs, known as 'persisters', return to life, causing patients to relapse, according to the Daily Mail. Boston University scientists tested the effects of drawing the bacteria out of their hibernation using sugar. They found stimulating the bugs with sugar renders them vulnerable to antibiotic attack. Testing the strategy on Eschericia coli (E. coli) bacteria, a common cause of urinary infections, the researchers were able to eliminate 99.9 percent of persisters in just two hours. Without sugar, the drugs they used had no effect. The team now plans to examine whether sugar additives can help fight tuberculosis. IANS
Mubarakʼs wife in ICU after heart attack
Cairo: Egyptian former president H o s n i Mubar ak’s wife, Suzanne Thabet, was moved to an intensive care unit after suffering a heart attack Friday, Xinhua quotSuzanne ed the Egyptian state TV as stating. “Suzanne Thabet has been moved to the intensive care unit at Sharm el-Sheikh hospital after suffering a heart attack,” state TV said. The news came hours after Egypt’s illicit gains authority ordered to detain Suzanne Mubarak for 15 days pending investigation over illegal acquisition of wealth. Assem al-Gohari, head of the Illicit Gains Authority under the Justice Ministry, ordered earlier Friday her detention over charges that she abused her position to gain wealth illegally. Mubarak and his two sons were ordered to be detained for 15 days April 13. Their detention have been renewed for twice. They faced accusations of killing protesters and corruption. Mubarak was forced to resign Feb. 11 and handed over his power to the armed forces after 18 days of mass protests against his 30-year-long rule. He was taken to the same hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh April 12 after he suffered a heart attack when he was first questioned by prosecutors for investigation. IANS
Pervez Musharraf Dubai: Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has announced he will return to his homeland no later than March 23 next year to participate in the 2013 general elections, despite facing possible arrest in the country. “I am going to land in Lahore on the 23rd of March, 2012, if not earlier – but not later,” he told reporters here. Musharraf, living in self-exile in Dubai and London since leaving Presidency in 2008, is considering an election bid. The 2013 election is for parliament, which selects the President in Pakistan. The former President, who announced the formation of All Pakistan Muslim League in London last October, shrugged off arrest and assassination concerns and said “I’m a risk taker.” Musharraf, on return, is likely to face Pakistani prosecutors who are accusing him of being
a part of a conspiracy to assassinate ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in December 2007. He also ruled out any deal with the Pakistani government or any political parties to secure a safe return and said he would soon announce the hierarchy of the APML. The retired general, who took over power in a 1999 coup, said he chose March 23 as his date of return because it is Pakistan’s National Day – the day to commemorate the signing of Pakistan Resolution, calling for greater Muslim autonomy in Britishruled India, in 1940. The former President maintained that no ISI member had the knowledge of Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts. The alQaida chief was killed by the US Navy SEALs on May 2 in the garrison town of Abbottabad, just two-hour drive from Islamabad, where he was hiding in a $1 million mansion. PTI
Obesity raises risk of depression by 25%
Havana: Being obese could increase the risk of depression by 25 percent, a study has found. According to professor Alberto Hernandez: “The word ‘fat’ has become a social stigma, and takes a psychological toll on the individual.” “Depression manifests itself in negative thoughts, personal disability, poor state of mind and lack of initiative and lack of physical activity. “Such a person may not be able to fully develop his or her personality, desires and interpersonal relationships,” Prensa Latina news agency quoted Hernandez as saying. The problem is more acute in women. Obesity-related depres-
sion is affecting more women, in a two-to-one ratio, compared to men, the study said. An obese person’s efforts to
lose weight using incorrect, non-scientific methods can lead to failure, thus worsening depression, the study says. “A vicious cycle develops in which depression, accompanied by a lack of interest and physical activity, leads to more obesity, and can cause physiological problems in the endocrine and immune systems,” says Hernandez, professor at Dr. Salvador Allende Teaching Hospital in Cuba. The study holds that one effective and permanent solution to obesity would involve changing our diets and increasing physical activity. IANS
Bacterium nips sense of touch in blind
malaria in the bud
Washington: Scientists claim to have identified a bacterium which nips malaria in the bud by stopping the development of plasmodium falciparum parasite that causes the disease in humans. Malaria afflicts more than 225 million people worldwide. Each year, the disease kills nearly 800,000 people. Now, a team at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found that the Enterobacter bacterium is part of the naturally occurring microbial flora of the mosquito’s gut and kills the parasite by producing reactive oxygen species, the ‘Science’ journal reported. “In this study we show that certain bacteria can directly block the malaria parasite’s development through the production of free radicals that are detrimental to Plasmodium in the mosquito gut. “We are particularly excited
about this discovery because it may explain why mosquitoes of the same species and strain sometimes differ in their resistance to the parasite, and we may also use this knowledge to develop novel methods to stop the spread of malaria. One biocontrol strategy may, for example, rely on the exposure of mosquitoes in the field to this natural bacterium, resulting in resistance to the malaria parasite,” said George Dimopoulos, who led the team. In their study, the scientists
isolated the Enterobacter bacterium from the midgut of Anopheles mosquitoes collected near their institute located in southern Zambia. About 25 percent of the mosquitoes collected contained the specific bacteria strain. Laboratory studies showed the bacterium inhibited the growth of Plasmodium up to 99 per cent, both in the mosquito gut and in a test tube culture of the human malaria parasite. Higher doses of bacteria had a greater impact on Plasmodium growth. PTI
Ultrasound as effective as CT scans in most cases
Washington: CT scans confer no clinical advantage over a simple, lowcost ultrasound procedure, says a new study. Michael Vaiman of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine compared the efficacy of CT versus ultrasound scans for locating vertebral arteries in the throat, required before a neck surgery. His findings follow warnings from international health organisations about the dangers of overexposure to CT-related radiation, the journal European Archives of Oto-RhinoLaryngology, reports. Some medical experts caution that patients are exposed to too many CT scans, and the results could be harmful to their health. Excessive radiation can itself lead to cancerous growths, for example, according to a Tel Aviv statement. After comparing the outcomes of 250 CT scans with 500 ultrasound im-
Musharraf plans to return to Pak in March 2012
and assess neck tumours, enlarged lympatic nodules, diseases of the salivary glands, different kinds of bronchial cysts, or the development of thyroid cancer. Although ultrasound is not the investigation of choice for every neck pathology, it is adequate for diagnosis and assessment of treatment options for most of these conditions. Ultrasound can not only locate a lesion, it can provide information about its size, consistency and relation to other organs, as well as other features. “I would especially recommend ultrasound when children are investigated. There are some tumours that ages, Vaiman concluded that there is CT scans combine X-rays with highly do require CT or MRI investigation, no advantage to using CT scans for sophisticated computers to produce but these cases are rare. When most of these procedures, especially a number of pictures of the interior of in doubt, and high-resolution those that are used to locate anomalies the body. imaging is necessary, I would suggest in the neck to map major arteries Traditionally, doctors have relied a low-radiating MRI,” concludes on these scans to find neck arteries Vaiman. IANS before surgery can take place.
Toronto: Do blind have a better sense of touch because the brain compensates for loss of vision or because of heavy reliance on their fingertips? A study says that daily dependence on touch is the answer. Twenty-eight blind participants with varying degrees of Braille expertise and 55 normally sighted adults were tested for touch sensitivity on six fingers and both sides of the lower lip, reports the Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers reasoned that, if daily dependence on touch improves tactile sensitivity, then blind participants would outperform the sighted on all fingers, and blind Braille readers would show particular sensitivity on their reading fingers, according to a McMaster University statement. But if vision loss alone improves tactile sensitivity, then blind participants would outperform the sighted on all body areas, even those that blind and sighted people use equally often, such as the lips. “There have always been these two competing ideas about why blind people have a better sense of touch,” explains Daniel Goldreich, study co-author and pro-
fessor in psychology, neuroscience and behaviour, McMaster University. “We found that dependence on touch is a driving force here. Proficient Braille readers -those who might spend hours a day reading with their fingertips performed remarkably better. But blind and sighted participants performed equally when the lips were tested for sensitivity.” Researchers used a speciallydesigned machine which held the pad of the participant’s fingertip perfectly still for the experiments. While the finger lay over a hole in the table, the machine pushed rods with textured surfaces through the opening until they met the fingertip. Not only did blind participants do better than their sighted peers, but Braille readers, when tested on their readings hands, outperformed non-readers who were also blind. For Braille-reading participants, their reading fingers were more sensitive than their non-reading fingers. “Braille is extraordinarily difficult to master, particularly as an adult. In future we may find new ways to teach Braille to people who have recently become blind.” IANS
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Applegate to star in TV comedy
panish studio Vertice 360 and Quinta Communications, owned by Frenchman Tarak Ben Ammar, have signed an agreement with Spanish actor-director Antonio Banderas’ Green Moon Productions to coproduce his next two films, “Automata” and “Solo”. “Automata”, to be directed by Spaniard Gabe Ibanez, is a science-fiction epic that will offer a vision of the moment when human civilisation is contacted by artificial intelligence. Banderas will play Jacq Vaucan, an insurance agent with a robotics company who during a routine investigation discovers something that will have profound consequences for the future of humanity. “Automata”, a $35 million project, will be shot on location in Tunisia and Egypt beginning late this year. Meanwhile, filming of “Solo”, in which Banderas will produce, star and direct, will start in 2012. That psychological/science-fiction thriller will tell the story of a soldier who suffers from posttraumatic stress syndrome and becomes immersed in a world of nightmares and hallucinations. Banderas said in a statement that the alliance among the three companies represents “a great opportunity for European cinema”.
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ctress Christina Applegate has been roped in to star in comedy show “Up All Night”. The show to be aired by US network NBC will see the 39-year-old actress portraying a working mother with a stay-at-home husband coping with family pressures. ‘Saturday Night Live’s star Maya Rudolph will also star along with Lorne Michaels, who is also a coexecutive producer of the new show.
inks deal for his next two films
alk show queen Oprah Winfrey has been immortalised with a street name in Chicago, where her talk show is based. The 100th block of North Carpenter Avenue in the city – which is the location of her chat show – has been renamed as Oprah Winfrey Way. “It is really just a full-circle miracle story that a little coloured girl born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, on a red dirt road ends up with my name on a street in the greatest city in the world, Chicago. So, thank you! That’s better than an Oscar or an Emmy,” contactmusic.com quoted her as saying. Mayor Richard Daley – who was with Winfrey to unveil the road sign – described her as a “great presence” in the city. “There isn’t enough time or adequate words that can describe what your 25-year journey has meant to Chicago. Your presence in Chicago has been a gift over two decades. The ‘Oprah Winfrey Show’ has drawn worldwide attention to our city and an instinctive energy from it,” said Daley.
I fell in love with Vancouver: Kristen Stewart
ctress Kristen Stewart, who recently finished filming the final scenes for the two “Breaking Dawn” movies admits she fell in love with Vancouver while shooting for the franchise. “We shot most of the ‘Twilight’ series in Vancouver. I fell in love with it – it’s such a beautiful city. I found the climate so different from what I’m used to in Los Angeles. The air
Tarantino wants to cast Gaga in new film
Winfrey gets street named after her
rom villain to comedian, from deaf and dumb to schizophrenic – in the last 40 years Nana Patekar has fiery performances in multiple avatars. But the actor candidly admits he doesn’t allow a director to take full control unless he is confident of his or her capability. “I submit myself totally to the director provided the director has that capacity; otherwise I fight,” Nana, 60, who was last seen in “Rajneeti” last year, said in an interview. The actor is known to avoid watching his own films and certainly never heaps praise on them. Asked why, Nana said: “I don’t see my films because once I finish dubbing, my creativity is over and nothing fascinates me, not even the release of the film. I can’t change anything. If I were directing a film, I would stay with it till the end.” He is eager to work with directors like Raj Kumar Hirani and Neeraj Pandey. “‘Munnabhai M.B.B.S.’ is one of the best films I have seen in a long time. I would like to work with Rajkumar Hirani. Another person I would like to work with is Neeraj Pandey. His ‘A Wednesday’ was an amazing movie,” he added. Some of Nana’s memorable performances were in “Parinda” (1989), “Krantiveer” (1994). “Khamoshi: The Musical” (1996), “Wajood” (1998) and “Welcome” (2007). After wearing the grease paint for years, Nana doesn’t have to make extra effort to get into character. “Subconsciously you keep on gathering things in your personal life. I
have been in this field for 40 years and it’s like blotting paper, you know. You keep absorbing the good and bad of different real characters,” said Nana, who is planning to direct his second film. A lot has been written about how Nana’s character in “Shagird” that released on Friday is loosely inspired by late encounter specialist Rajbir Singh, but the actor says he doesn’t know anything about the similarity. “I really don’t know whom my character resembles. You should ask the director and the producer. This character has dark shades. He is loyal to himself, not to his profession,” said Nana. He had earlier played an encounter specialist in “Ab Tak Chhappan”, in which his character resembled Daya Nayak of the Mumbai encounter squad. Did he make a conscious effort not to repeat himself in “Shagird”? “My director had seen ‘Ab Tak Chhappan’, so obviously when he offered me the same kind of role, it had to be different from what I have done before. It’s his responsibility – if I were repeating anything, he would have corrected me. I am fortunate that I got such a nice director,” said the actor who rarely watches his films. But he bent rules for “Shagird”. “The film will surprise you again and again. I normally don’t say good things about my film. Fortunately, I have watched this film and this is not because of me, it is because of Tigmanshu Dhulia. He narrated the film so well,” said Nana.
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directors, otherwise I ﬁght: Nana
ilmmaker Quentin Tarantino is reportedly eager to cast pop singer Lady Gaga in his next movie. The “Pulp Fiction” director tried to impress Gaga by inviting Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to meet the singer and she wasted no time asking the couple to attend her Cannes Film Festival gig Wednesday. “Tarantino knows Gaga’s a big fan of Brad and Angelina. When she heard they were both in Cannes, too, she mentioned that she’d love to have them come and watch the show. So Quentin gave his pal Brad a bell to ask the couple to join them,” mirror.co.uk quoted a source as saying. “It’s no secret Quentin’s been eyeing up Gaga for a role in one of his up-and-coming films. And now they’re both in Cannes, he’s keen to show off his movie star credentials,” the source added.
is clean and fresh and there are beautiful mountain views everywhere. But I didn’t get to go out as much as I would have liked,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted her as saying. Stewart, who is dating her costar Robert Pattinson, also loved shooting the second movie in the series in Italy and she especially enjoyed the European country’s food.
Naomi to raise funds with show at Cannes
upermodel Naomi Campbell is busy organising a charity catwalk show to raise funds for Japan during the Cannes International Film Festival in France next week. Campbell wanted the show to be a follow-up to the Fashion For Relief fundraiser she staged in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake in 2010, revealing last month, “It’s not 100 per cent confirmed but we are in talks right now and hopefully... we should know if we’re doing a Fashion For Relief for Japan. Not in Japan, hopefully in Cannes.” The show has been scheduled for Monday, according to Britain’s Daily Mirror. “I hope the money will support those who need it most,” said Campbell.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
ʻDelhi Bellyʼ budget high, Iʼm worried: Aamir
t a time when filmmakers are splurging money on their movies, Aamir Khan is concerned about the budget of his next production “Delhi Belly”. The cost might touch Rs.25 crore, which the actor-filmmaker feels is high for an adult comedy. “Its budget is on higher side. It would end somewhere between Rs.20 to Rs.25 crore, which doesn’t include promotion. I am worried about that. We are trying to keep as low as possible right now,” said Aamir. This is not his first movie where the budget has shot up, says the 46-year-old who has produced films like “Lagaan”, “Taare Zameen Par” and “Peepli Live”. “All my films have gone over budget to different degrees. I feel I am not a hardcore producer who fixes budgets before starting a film and no-matter what, he makes sure he doesn’t have to spend a penny more. I am more of a creative person. It happens with all my films. For one reason or the other, it always exceeds the stipulated budget,” said Aamir. The adult comedy, which Aamir feels will mar his reputation as a family filmmaker, is directed by Abhinay Deo who roped in Imran Khan, Vir Das and Kunal Roy Kapoor to tell this funny story. The release date of “Delhi Belly” is July 1 and it is clashing with megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s “Bbuddah… Hoga Tera Baap”, but that won’t affect business, said Aamir. “I think this is not new. Two big films have released together previously too. ‘Dil’ and ‘Ghayal’ came together. ‘Welcome’ and ‘Taare Zameen Par’, ‘Lagaan’ and ‘Gaddar’ there are so many examples like it. I don’t think it matters.
ollywood star couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are being sued by a former employee whowas fired while on sick leave. The unnamed woman worked as a bilingual secretary at their Miraval chateau in the South of France. She was dismissed by a manager at the estate while on sick leave on the grounds that her absence impacted the running of the property. The woman is now seeking 80,000 euros in compensation for unfair dismissal. “She has nothing against them personally and says she was always treated well. But they did not step in to prevent her being dismissed,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted the woman’s lawyer Emmanuel Ludot as saying. “Mr. Brad Pitt, who is also famous for his charity work and adoption of children, should understand that my client needs compensation as soon as possible, and that she’s not asking for millions, just a fair amount for unfair dismissal. We hope they will both be faithful to their reputation for humanitarian causes,” Ludot added.
Brangelina sued by former employee
I am smitten with my family: Travolta
ctress Selena Gomez is feeling “depressed” as her TV show “Wizards Of Waverly Place” has come to an end. A fan sent Gomez a message on Twitter.com, telling her, “I’m gonna bawl my eyes out when Wowp (‘Wizards Of Waverly Place’) finishes,” and the actress replied, “Me too.” Then she posted, “3 days left... depressed.” The 18-year-old, who is dating singer Justin Bieber, also posted a picture of the cast with a congratulations cake for their 100th episode. “On behalf of my cast and myself, thank you for believing in our show for the past 5 years... We are truly grateful and owe it all to you.”
ohn Travolta loves being a dad and says he can’t think of anything more fun than family time. The 57-year-old actor and his wife Kelly Preston lost their son Jett in 2009. The next year, in November 2010, their son Benjamin was born. Travolta says they are slowly helping each other overcome their grief and that the arrival of the new member in the family is a good sign. “It has been rough but you work hard at healing. Everything
Gomez depressed as ʻWizards Of Waverly...ʼ ends
esigner John Galliano will reportedly stand trial in Paris June 22 on charges of verbally abusing three people with antiSemitic and racist slurs on two separate occasions. The British-born designer, who was sacked from French couture house Christian Dior, faces up to six months in prison and a fine of 22,500 Euros ($31,430) if found guilty, reports contactmusic.com. Galliano’s lawyer Aurelien Hamelle claims his client was provoked. The three plaintiffs – Geraldine Bloch, Philippe Virgitti and Fathia Oumeddour – allege the designer hurled insults at them in Paris on two separate occasions – first time in October 2010 and later in February this year. Galliano’s lawyer said his client, who didn’t appear at the hearing, isn’t currently in France. But, Hamelle refused to reveal the designers’ whereabouts.
about having a baby is wonderful - holding him, singing to him, being with him and his sister. Just quiet family time. It’s the best, it’s pure joy,” contactmusic.com quoted him as saying. “I get my inspiration from Kelly and our children. It’s all about the family I can’t think of anything more fun than family time. I am smitten with my family they are my priority,” he added. Travolta says he is very fond of his own parents.
Designer John Gallianoʼs
trial set for June 22
Curtains for ʻHorrible Bossesʼ
he makers of “Two And A Half Men” are reportedly talking to a lot of actors to replace Charlie Sheen in the hit sitcom and the latest name doing the rounds is that of Ashton Kutcher. According to sources, Kutcher is getting a “huge payday” to join the show. The show’s creator, Chuck Lorre, has written a storyline to introduce Kutcher in a way that satisfies CBS as well as Warner Bros studio, reports hollywoodreporter.com. “It’s really funny. People are going to love it,” said a source. Apart from Kutcher, actors Hugh Grant, Rob Lowe and John Stamos were also considered.
Anistonʼs topless scene?
Ashton Kutcher to replace Charlie Sheen?
ennifer Aniston, known for her romantic comedies, is playing a mean dentist in “Horrible Bosses” and has even shot a raunchy scene for the movie but the producers are still deciding whether or not to include footage in the final cut. “She shot a topless scene, but the producers aren’t sure if they’ll use it,” contactmusic.com quoted a source as saying. Aniston plays a role of a dentist in the film who sexually harasses a male employee and she was keen to do the topless scene. “She knows she can’t show off her boobs forever, so she’s going out with a bang. The studio is playing up her sexuality, and she’s all for it,” the source added.